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How Persistent are the Effects of Experience Sampling on Investor Behavior?


Bradbury, Meike A S; Hens, Thorsten; Zeisberger, Stefan (2019). How Persistent are the Effects of Experience Sampling on Investor Behavior? Journal of Banking and Finance, 98:61-79.

Abstract

Investor behavior was shown to be considerably different when the risk-return tradeoff is presented by experience sampling as opposed to a descriptive communication. We analyze the persistency of this difference in a setting in which investors are faced with multiple decisions over time and are consequently able to adjust the risk level they initially chose. For this we use an experimental setting with repeated investment decisions over multiple trading days, and we also test a new form of risk simulation in which wealth paths over time are presented rather than just final outcomes. After investors’ initial decisions, for which we confirm previous findings, we do not find persistent differences of simulation-based learning on investors’ risk-taking behavior. With regards to trading volume, only a simulation in which investors see wealth paths and not only final outcomes leads to lower trading frequency soon after the initial asset allocation.

Abstract

Investor behavior was shown to be considerably different when the risk-return tradeoff is presented by experience sampling as opposed to a descriptive communication. We analyze the persistency of this difference in a setting in which investors are faced with multiple decisions over time and are consequently able to adjust the risk level they initially chose. For this we use an experimental setting with repeated investment decisions over multiple trading days, and we also test a new form of risk simulation in which wealth paths over time are presented rather than just final outcomes. After investors’ initial decisions, for which we confirm previous findings, we do not find persistent differences of simulation-based learning on investors’ risk-taking behavior. With regards to trading volume, only a simulation in which investors see wealth paths and not only final outcomes leads to lower trading frequency soon after the initial asset allocation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Finance
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Language:English
Date:1 January 2019
Deposited On:05 Sep 2019 11:11
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:14
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0378-4266
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbankfin.2018.10.014
Related URLs:https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378426618302383 (Publisher)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:16893

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